How to Create a Table of Contents in Word





 

Mark the headings you want to enter or have in your Table of Contents. I am using a mini book as my example. Therefore, my headings will consists of Chapter headings, e.g. Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3…I am making these Chapter headings – Heading 1. (Heading 1 is usually used for the Title of Chapters or Main Sections in a manuscript).   

how to create a table of contents part 1

 

1. To do this I locate and Select all Chapters: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in my manuscript. See example diagram below

how to create a table of contents part 2

 

2. I then select a heading type under the Styles Group, by clicking on it – I chose and clicked on ‘Heading 1’ in this case.  (There are 4 choices for built-in Headings available in Microsoft Word: Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3  and Heading 4)

how to create a table of contents part 4

 

3. I then select all the sub-sections in my document by going to them, highlighting them, and selecting ‘Heading 2’ command under the Styles Group.

(Headings 2 to 4 are usually used for the headings of sub-sections in a chapter or document)

how to create a table of contents part 5

 

4. Next, I go to the front of the document where I want the Table of Contents to show and left click where I want the table of contents to be.

how to create a table of contents part 6

 

5. Then, I click on the ‘References’ tab and under the ‘Table of Contents’ group – I click on the ‘Table of Contents’ command. When I do a drop down list appear on the screen showing me the options I have. There are 2 main Sections listed there: Automatic Section and Manual Section.

how to create a table of contents part 7

 

6. Under the Automatic Section, I have 2 options to choose from: Automatic Table 1 and Automatic Table 2. I chose Automatic Table 1 for the Table of Contents layout I want in my document.

how to create a table of contents part 8a

 

7. Word inserts the Table of Contents I wanted with the headings I selected.  

See the Diagram below:

how to create a table of contents part 9

 

Lesson 49: Page Numbers: Starting from a Specific Page in Word